Farm Bill pushed off to the side again

The House and Senate are out for the remainder of the year, leaving behind a great deal of unfinished work. The 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, but many programs don’t run out until the end of the year. Farmers will start to feel the effects of the expired bill when they try to […]

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Trends in tillage that can benefit your field

Farmers are adopting conservation practices at rapidly increasing levels. It’s no surprise with some of the benefits conservation tillage can provide. According to Laura Fribley, of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, in her article, “Tracking Conservation Tillage Trends“, “Data from the 2013 Tillage Transect indicate that as a result of tillage practices on Scott […]

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Time runs out on the Farm Bill again

The Farm Bill has expired once again, and it appears the legislation is on hold. Things will still operate much the same as last year when the Farm Bill expired. Crop insurance, crop subsidies and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will still continue to receive funding. Crop subsidies and crop insurance programs will not […]

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If you haven’t checked out, you are missing out on an opportunity to access a great deal of ag databases, tools and apps. Agriculture information was launched on this site on April 30 and continues to grow. With over 370 datasets available in the agriculture section of, a wide range of information is […]

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Funding shifted to assist ag with budget cuts

On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed H.R.933 into law, the continuing resolution spending bill which will allow funding for Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors through Oct. 1, 2013. The spending bill, H.R. 933, allowed funds to shift from the USDA to FSIS to pay for the meat inspectors. source: With the nation’s budget […]

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USDA looks to change definition of “rural” for funding

source: The USDA announced a proposal in February that would change the definition of what rural means. The change in definition would allow places with populations of fewer than 50,000 people to apply for rural development funding programs. A new definition means smaller communities would now contend with larger communities for the same rural funding […]

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Crop insurance deadline approaching

March 15 marks the last day to sign up for most federal crop insurance protection options. Last year’s drought makes for a solid argument as to why crop insurance is an important piece of any grower’s risk management plan. source: Without crop insurance, a bad growing season due to weather can wipe out a […]

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Existing Farm Bill here to stay, at least for another nine months

The Farm Bill was extended in a last minute effort to avoid reverting back to the 1949 Farm Bill. This extension did not include farm policy reform but rather gave Congress a deadline of September 30, 2013 to decide on new policy. In the meantime, a majority of the 2008 Farm Bill legislation was extended […]

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High oil prices fuel no-till trend

It’s not by happenstance that the spike in fuel costs has coincided with the increasing trend of no-till farming methods across the country. For the past five years, Justin Noggler, an Apache owner from Texas, has practiced no-till farming methods on the 11,000 acres he farms. During this time he has noticed major differences in […]

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